Some years ago, Pat and I owned a BMW 1150GSA and while we really enjoyed exploring the back roads (and we still do) we didn’t much like the long hauls to get to those back roads. In any case, the 1150 is a lot of bike – much too much for us. Skip a year or two and we decided to get ourselves a little Honda CRF250l. Probably a tad small for 2 up riding but we are having some incredible fun on it and it better suits where and how we like to ride.
But as great as it is on single tracks and paths it is less great on freeways and national roads, which means that we have to get it to the destinations somehow. Initially we figured that we would get ourselves a bike rack from Xrad Trailers in Hillcrest in KwaZulu Natal that fits onto the car’s tow hitch. Alas, the hitch on our Pajero is not quite as stiff as it should be and so we encountered a fair bit of flex which made the whole thing a somewhat unwieldy. So back to Xrad and after a chat with Kelvin McGuire, owner of Xrad, we decided on their diminutive, single bike, folding trailer – the Pretzel 1, Kelvin very kindly offering us a refund on the bike rack.
We collected the trailer a few days later and to say that we are delighted with it is quite an understatement. It’s light, small and when not in use folds up and fits into our garage right next to Pat’s little Peugeot 206, and I hardly notice it behind the Pajero swb. Kelvin did offer 2 options when we bought it: LED lights and a loading ramp – an additional R500-00 each. We declined both figuring that the normal bulbs would probably be just fine and I could make a loading ramp myself. In retrospect, I guess I should have gone with the loading ramp (mind you it was fun to build one) and I suppose the LED lights will probably be better in the long run but c’est la vie!
Excellent service Kelvin and the team. Well done. We’ll be back…